Walking the Munros Vol 1 - Southern, Central and Western Highlands
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Guidebook to walking the Munros in southern, central and western Highlands. Describes 69 challenging routes across 139 of the iconic 3000ft+ mountains covering areas such as Glencoe, Bridge of Orchy and Mull. Includes routes up Ben More, Ben Alder, Ben Lomond and Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. Volume 1 of two guidebooks.
- Year-round mountain walking, with summer walking in mind. However, midges may hold you back in summer, and if snow's not your thing then avoid winter.
- Fort William, Glencoe, Killin, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl, Oban and many more.
- Many Munros are straightforward walks, but some have exciting ridge walking and scrambling. Aonach Eagach is covered in this volume. Normal Scottish mountain challenges and precautions.
- Must See
- The extroardinary beauty of Scotland's mountain landscape; the challenge of a long and strenuous climb; the achievement of the summit; the sight of wilderness stretching out for miles around; the tidal wave of cloud flowing over a ridge; the sweet peace of that first refreshment at the end of the day.
This guidebook presents 69 challenging and inspiring routes to climb 139 Munro mountains, including Scotland's highest peak, Ben Nevis. Part of a two-part set, this first volume covers the southern, central and western Highlands (south of the Great Glen), taking in stunning areas such as Glen Coe, Glen Shee, Lochaber and Mull. Covering popular and lesser-known routes, it is ideal both for Munro-baggers and those who simply love great mountain walking, and is a convenient size for slipping in a rucksack.
The half-day and full-day walks and scrambles range from 7km to 48km (with the option to reduce walking distance on some of the longer routes by cycling the approach). Detailed route description and 1:100,000 mapping is accompanied by information on difficulty, mapping, parking, access and nearby accommodation. The guide also includes handy lists of Munros, by height and alphabetically – perfect for peak-baggers – as well as useful details on Gaelic names.
Including the iconic Ben Nevis, Buachaille Etive Mòr and Aonach Eagach ridge as well as the Mamores, Grey Corries and Arrochar Alps, Walking the Munros volume 1 is an ideal companion to conquering the Munros and discovering the magnificent mountain landscapes of the southern Highlands.
Volume 2 details the other 143 Munros, covering the northern Highlands, Cairngorms and Isle of Skye.
Route 1 Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg
Route 2 Aonach Mor, Aonach Beag
The Grey Corries
Route 3 Stob Ban, Stob Choire Claurigh, Stob Coire an Laoigh
Route 4 Sgurr Choinnich Mor
Route 5 Mullach nan Coirean, Stob Ban, Sgurr a’ Mhaim
Route 6 Na Gruagaichean, An Gearanach, Stob Coire a’ Chairn, Am Bodach
Route 7 Sgurr Eilde Mor, Binnein Beag, Binnein Mor
Route 8 Stob a’ Choire Mheadhoin, Stob Coire Easain
Route 9 Stob Coire Sgriodain, Chno Dearg
Route 10 Beinn a’ Chlachair, Geal Charn, Creag Pitridh
Route 11 Beinn Eibhinn, Aonach Beag
Route 12 Beinn na Lap
Route 13 Carn Dearg, Sgor Gaibhre
Route 14 Ben Alder, Beinn Bheoil
Route 15 Geal Charn, Carn Dearg
Route 16 Sgairneach Mhor, Beinn Udlamain, A’ Mharconaich, Geal Charn
Route 17 Meall Chuaich
Route 18 A’ Bhuidheanach Bheag, Carn na Caim
Route 19 Beinn Dearg
Route 20 Carn a’ Chlamain
Beinn A’ Ghlo
Route 21 Carn Liath, Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain, Carn nan Gabhar
Route 22 Glas Tulaichean, Carn an Righ
Route 23 Creag Leacach, Glas Maol, Cairn of Claise, Tom Buidhe, Tolmount, Carn an Tuirc
Route 24 Carn a’ Gheoidh, The Cairnwell, Carn Aosda
Route 25 An Socach
The Lochnagar Hills
Route 26 Cac Carn Beag, Carn a’ Choire Bhaidheach, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, Cairn Bannoch, Broad Cairn
Route 27 Mayar, Driesh
Route 28 Mount Keen
Route 29 Ben More (Isle of Mull)
Route 30 Beinn a’ Bheithir – Sgorr Dhonuill, Sgorr Dhearg
Route 31 Aonach Eagach – Meall Dearg, Sgorr nam Fiannaidh
Route 32 Bidean nam Bian, Stob Coire Sgreamhach
Route 33 Buachaille Etive Mor – Stob Dearg, Stob na Broige
Route 34 Buachaille Etive Beag – Stob Dubh, Stob Coire Raineach
Route 35 Beinn Sgulaird
Route 36 Sgor na h-Ulaidh
Route 37 Beinn Fhionnlaidh
Route 38 Ben Starav, Beinn nan Aighenan, Glas Bheinn Mhor
Route 39 Stob Coir’ an Albannaich, Meall nan Eun
Route 40 Creise, Meall a’ Bhuiridh
Route 41 Stob a’ Choire Odhair, Stob Ghabhar
Bridge of Orchy
Route 42 Beinn Achaladair, Beinn a’ Chreachain
Route 43 Beinn Mhanach
Route 44 Beinn Dorain, Beinn an Dothaidh
Route 45 Ben Cruachan, Stob Diamh
Route 46 Beinn a’ Chochuill, Beinn Eunaich
Route 47 Ben Lui, Beinn a’ Chleibh, Ben Oss, Beinn Dubhchraig
Route 48 Meall Buidhe
Route 49 Stuchd an Lochain
Route 50 Carn Gorm, Meall Garbh, Carn Mairg, Meall na Aighean (Creag Mhor)
Route 51 Schiehallion
Route 52 Creag Mhor, Beinn Heasgarnich
Route 53 Ben Challum
Route 54 Meall Glas, Sgiath Chuil
Route 55 Meall Ghaordaidh
Route 56 Meall nan Tarmachan
Route 57 Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers, An Stuc, Meall Garbh, Meall Greigh
Route 58 Meall Corranaich, Meall a’ Choire Leith
Route 59 Ben Chonzie
Route 60 Beinn Chabhair
Route 61 An Caisteal, Beinn a’ Chroin
Route 62 Cruach Ardrain, Beinn Tulaichean
Route 63 Ben More, Stob Binnein
Route 64 Ben Vorlich (Callander), Stuc a’ Chroin
Route 65 Beinn Bhuidhe
Route 66 Ben Vorlich (Inveruglas)
Route 67 Ben Vane
Route 68 Beinn Narnain, Beinn Ime
Route 69 Ben Lomond
Appendix A Bibliography
Appendix B Contact Details
Appendix C Index of Munros (alphabetical)
Appendix D Index of Munros (by height)
The route mapping in this edition is at a scale of 1:100,000. The maps are based on open-source material derived from publicly available data, databases and crowd-sourced data and are designed to offer quick help with routefinding. They don’t however remove the need to use the relevant OS map of 1:50,000 scale or greater when doing the walks.
The box at the start of each route makes reference to the 1:50,000 OS maps. With the notable exception of one or two areas, such as the Black Cuillin on Skye, this is the scale of map that I personally prefer for climbing the Munros, and it is widely recognized as being a suitable scale for the hillwalker.
The relevant OS Explorer maps, which some prefer, are also listed. These 1:25,000 maps give much more detail. This can be advantageous, but it can also complicate the process of route-finding – particularly on steep ground where a lot of contours are packed very close together, or in areas where there is a lot of exposed rock. Additionally, sometimes more than one map is needed to cover the walk in question.
The ‘area maps’ referred to in the box at the start of each route correspond to those at the start of the book; these are designed to give a broad view of where each Munro lies in relation to major roads and also to neighbouring Munros. The overview map of Scotland provided just before these area maps shows the location of each area within Scotland as a whole.
The 1:100,000 maps accompanying each route description in this guide are designed to assist in planning your route and are not intended to be a replacement for the appropriate OS map for the purposes of navigation: it is strongly recommended that the appropriate OS map is carried at all times. Harvey also make an excellent series of maps for some of the areas described, particularly for Skye.
If you are using different maps, or an older edition of the OS maps, you should bear in mind that spot heights and names may vary from those in the text.
There is also some confusing variation in Munro heights between the OS maps, the SMC official list and the Munro Society list.
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Steve Kew is a freelance journalist and keen mountaineer. He started climbing in 1970, and since then has walked and climbed extensively in the Himalayas, Alps and the mountain ranges of Britain. He currently lives in southwest Scotland, and is an active member of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team and the Mountain Rescue Committee. His previous writing includes three books, many articles for newspapers and magazines, and radio drama for the BBC.View Articles and Books by Steve Kew
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